Wooden Wedding Invitations – A few years ago, I saw the paper for the first time on a visit to Rugg Road Paper, one of my favorite newspapers in Boston. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. I started thinking immediately and quickly I proposed a list of smart things I could do with the paper. Unfortunately, I never did, but I kept thinking about this document and I always wanted to do wonderful things one day.
Fast forward to today. I am very enthusiastic about the trend of invitations and metal cards. Stores like Night Owl Paper Goods and Oslo Press are doing magical things with sheet metal, and I know they’re causing a lot of interest and excitement, not just for their product lines, but for me and others who do it. Artisans and craftsmen who started working to work with the dishes to create their masterpieces.
I thank the readers of Paper Crave, who have expressed their desire to deepen their knowledge on how to insert their own invitation cards and projects. I created this guide that we hope will help you create your sheet metal creations. I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert in this field.
Wooden Wedding Invitations
The information found here is the result of my research, with the help of Tina de Joie Studio, who kindly provided information and suggestions on experiences with his wood coating experiments. Thanks, Tina! If anyone has more information on suppliers and procedures, do not hesitate to leave a comment.
Wood veneer supplies
There is a great world of badges for those looking for it. From birch to cherry, from oak and maple to exotic woods like teak, magnifying glass and mahogany, everything is available in sheet metal.
There are different types of sheet metal. The flexible veneer works well for a wide range of applications and would probably be the best solution for cutting and editing tickets and invitations. Unsupported substrates can be purchased (more fragile because there is no underlying structure), reinforced paper (thin paper to give more stability to the sheet) and two or three layers (less flexible and robust presentation) because coated with another sheet of paper wood).
Well, where do you start when you’re a beginner? Fortunately, some sheet makers offer startup kits and / or fantastic (and inexpensive) sample books that contain various types of veneers and sometimes various media. This model book with 41 pieces of sheet metal and this set of initial plates are my favorite discoveries.
These are some of the most promising wood veneer suppliers that I found in my research:
Kate’s Paperie offers a small selection of veneer paper (birch, cherry, mahogany and pine), but it’s a good option if you want to buy other paper products and try the sheet.
Rockwork Wood working and hardware: offers good prices and a good selection of two-layer soft sheets. They also offer a set of starter dishes at a very attractive price.
VeneerSupplies.com: generally deals with large sheets of sheet metal, but has a good selection and an excellent book with sheet metal models ideal for experimentation. You can also buy a sample package and 8 sheet templates.
Ovis – has a good selection of large sheet metal sheets. They have beautiful forests such as maple, rosewood, teak and walnut.
Oakwood Veneer Company – like all wood veneers in the sun. Ash, bamboo, Cyprus, elm, walnut, walnut, zebra and other tens are available.
eBay: has a good selection of veneers, but be sure to read the descriptions of thickness and size.
I can not personally guarantee any of these suppliers, and if you have any questions, contact the suppliers because I am sure they will be happy to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have to send samples.
You do not need too many special tools to work with the sheet. How good, a rotating blade or a Xacto blade, which is connected with a ruler (rule, etc.) and a cutting mat, should be sufficient to get a good cut. It may be necessary to pass the knife or blade several times over the same area to get a clean cut, especially if you are working with a multi-layered sheet.
If you want to create more exotic forms, you must use sharp and sharp scissors.
Inkjet printer and laser printer
Some veneer cards are thought to work well with inkjet printers. However, I did not find any successful attempt with that. You need a printer that works well with thick paper with a flat screen or tray to keep the paper smooth. I do not know how the ink wood affects the coating.
Tina de Joie Studio was kind enough to share the results of her experiences with woodwork and letterpress printing. You can see your results here and here. He found that printing on different types of wood works differently and recommends using different veneers to see what he prefers. His favorites so far are red cedar and maple. Thanks again to Tina!
Gocco and silkscreen
The Paper Menagerie experimented with wood veneer and gocco. The results of his experiments can be seen here on his blog. It seems that a lot of Gocco have plywood printing problems; However, I think his result was very good. I think the key is experimenting. I would say that you stay with a simpler image (no complicated details) as the ink may leak and mess up all the intricate details.
Just a thought: Can a carrier ink run on the coating? If you could use some kind of dirt that would increase the viscosity, it could help the ink to retain its “shape” on an untreated surface, such as a coating.
I thought a lot about the different printing techniques, but I saw the detail. Recently, the design of the plywood screen in Design * Sponge made me think about what I could do with paper pads.
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